City of Bones by Martha Wells

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Khat, a member of a humanoid race created by the Ancients to survive in the Waste, and Sagai, his human partner, are relic dealers working on the edge of society, trying to stay one step ahead of the Trade Inspectors and to support Sagai's family. When Khat is hired to find relics believed to be part of one of the Ancients' arcane engines, they are both reluctant to become involved. But the request comes from the Warders, powerful mages who serve Charisat's Elector. Khat soon discovers that the deadly politics of Charisat's upper tiers aren't the only danger. The relics the Warders want are the key to an Ancient magic of unknown power, and, as all the inhabitants of Charisat know, no one understands the Ancients' magic.

Originally published by Tor Books in hardcover in 1995.

About Martha Wells

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Martha Wells is the author of five previous novels: The Wizard Hunters, the first book of the Fall of Ile-Rien, The Element of Fire, City of Bones, Wheel of the Infinite, and The Death of the Necromancer, which was nominated for the Nebula Award. She lives in College Station, Texas, with her husband.
Published December 24, 2007 by 383 pages
Genres: Nature & Wildlife, Science Fiction & Fantasy, Literature & Fiction, Science & Math. Fiction

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What Khat, Elen, and Constans grasp--and Riathan refuses to accept--is that the Ancient near-destruction of the world was caused by their struggle to repel a previous invasion of Inhabitants.

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Wells's second novel (after The Element of Fire) is a delight: an SF adventure with complex characters, archeological puzzles, a dash of mental magic and a lot of fast-paced action. Khat and his partn

May 29 1995 | Read Full Review of City of Bones

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The Master Warder believes that this particular relic will enhance his powers without causing insanity, but Khat and Elen discover that there is a terrible price to be paid for using the artifact, one that may bring about the final destruction of their already ailing planet.

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The two of them are forced to work together to locate some unusual artifacts, but it doesn’t go smoothly, in part because Elen initially regards Khat as a dangerous subhuman.

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